Burned out on this heatwave? Join the fucking party, pal. Trust me when I say it’s cooler down here, six feet under.
WHAT TO HEAR: First up this week is Disposal of the Dead/Dharmata (Willowtip Records), the latest offering from experimental death metal legends Defeated Sanity. More than just another LP in the avalanche, however, this one carries the distinction of being the first-ever “split” (as they’re calling it) I’ve ever seen a band record with themselves. Side A distills the band’s proggier death metal inclinations into a true jazz-metal odyssey while B boils each and every breakdown down to its, well, breaking point. Surprisingly enough, the German outfit just about manage to pull it off too, so give it a listen over at their Bandcamp and let me know what you think.
Nipping closely at that one’s heels are neo-NWOAHM metallers, Revocation, and their new full-length, Great is Our Sin (Metal Blade). To sound like a complete pantomime of metal—and Brooklyn as a whole—I loved Revocation’s early stuff before growing apart as their sound moved toward the sort of post-Hetfield stuff Trivium more or less laid the template for. This one kicks off in continuation of that theme, but toward the end of the A-side—seemingly spurred by the stellar “Crushing Imperium”—things take a turn back toward adventurous chord-voicings, clever tempo shifts, and big ear-worming riffs. In other words, show this one—now streaming at Invisible Oranges—some patience, and you’re bound to be rewarded.
If you’re into that, you’ll also maybe (probably?) dig Black Crown Initiate‘s new full-length salvo, Selves We Cannot Forgive (eOne). The Pennsylvania death metal-core outfit aren’t reinventing the wheel here, but if you’re just in it for a couple slammable breakdowns, you’re sure to find what you need. On the other end of “metal” spectrum are avant-garde cut-and-pasters, Wreck & Reference, and their heady new LP, Indifferent Rivers Romance End (Romance End), which you can check out via Noisey. Much like Kayo Dot’s recent output, this is best classified as thinking man/woman’s metal, if it’s even metal at all.
Season of Mist also have solid week of releases on tap starting with Satanic Finnish black metal kvlt, Baptism, and their new penance, V: The Devil’s Fire (stream here), and ending with Home (stream, once again), the debut full-length from Tolkien-tagged Canadian blackened post-rockers, Numenorean. Whether you follow your path to transcendence up or down probably informs your choice here, but you can’t go wrong either way.
After all that, check out Periphery‘s physics-flaunting prog-metal workout, Periphery III: Select Difficulty (Sumerian); Despised Icon‘s ruthless new LP, Beast (Nuclear Blast); or Denouncement Pyre‘s Down Under deathfest, Black Sun Unbound (Hell’s Headbangers). I honestly haven’t much of a chance to listen to any of those in full, but they’re there, should you want to beat me to the proverbial punch.
WHAT TO SEE: If you’re brave enough to stray from the front of your air conditioner this weekend—let alone into the oven-like bowels of the MTA system—then you’re sure to find plenty of shows to check out, starting with Acheron/Khaotika/Teloch Vovin at Saint Vitus, Winter’s Wake at The Backstage Pass in Long Island, and Luzbel at Pista Bandas Unidas Oficial in Queens. Saturday doesn’t let up from there either, with Crimshaw hitting Lucky 13 Saloon, Agathocles heading up to Vitus, and the recently reunited Guns n’ Roses taking to the MetLife Stadium turf. Slash & co. then round out the weekend with a Sunday encore while Intronaut and Silvertung arrive at Vitus and Blackthorn 51, respectively.
After that, Monday gets the workweek started with a sold-out appearance from not-grungers Alice in Chains at the Beacon Theatre. If you’re bummed you missed out on that one, don’t stress, they play the same place at the same time again on Tuesday, while further south, Marianas Trench hit the PlayStation Theatre and Creeper creep on Webster Hall. Wednesday then welcomes Impossible Voyage to Saint Vitus before Thursday wraps everything up with the Summer Slaughter tour (Cannibal Corpse, Nile, Suffocation, et al) on every stage Webster Hall has to offer; Holy Grail and Exmortus melting faces at Vitus; Rocket From the Crypt blasting into Irving Plaza; and Heart going crazy on you (and probably your parents too) at the Jones Beach Theater.
WHAT THE FUCK: Apparently it took an entire doctorate-laden study in the Journal of Psychology of Popular Media to determine that metal helps listeners deal with mortality. Uhh, guys, ever heard of a little thing called death metal?